The Sweetest Love Text

Stefani Vader
3 min readJul 5, 2020
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Back in April when our nation was basically on lock down, my husband self-quarantined himself out in our shed.

He still had to work, and since I’m high risk for catching the Corona Virus, he sacrificed his comfort to keep me healthy. It was a long lonely month.

We ate together outside, about ten feet apart. We went for a couple of walks together, on opposite sides of the street. We were both there, yet the distance felt like miles.

One night while I was laying in bed, and he was laying on the cot in the shed, he sent me a text that brought the tears flowing down my cheeks.

“At some point in time one of us won’t wake up in the morning. You should know that you are my life. 20 years ago, you saved my life, most likely. One thing being in this God damn shed has made me realize is how much I need and love you. I couldn’t imagine my life without you. Thank you for putting up with my bull shit throughout the years. I love you more than anything.”

We are complete opposites in every way. I am an open book who voices my emotions and wears them on my face. He on the other hand, does not. I know how much he loves me by how he listens to me and does things for me that I’ve mentioned. He works his ass off to provide whatever it is I want.

It’s very uncommon for him to open up and tell me how he’s feeling, so receiving this text was the highlight of my year.

He went on, but the rest I will keep to myself.

My husband is right though. There will come a day that one of us is no longer here.

This is the reason that anytime I talk to my kids or text them, I always end with I love you. If something were to happen, I want that to be the last thing they hear from me.

I don’t ever want to leave them any doubt how I feel about them. Even when I am fighting with a family member, “I love you” will always be said.

You hear stories about something happening to someone, and their loved ones are left with the last conversation with that person being one of anger.

“I may not like how you’re acting right now, and I may not like the choices you are making, but I love you and always will; no matter what.”

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Stefani Vader

Lover of reading and writing. Hater of retail work. Small fish in a big pond, learning as I go.